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DOT/FMCSA RIN: 2126-AC55 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: Emergency Egress Requirements for Buses; Amendments to Determination of Seating Capacity and Designated Seating Positions 
Abstract: This rulemaking would propose to amend the emergency exit requirements for buses by updating the method for determining seating capacity and "designated seating positions" (DSPs) for buses, regardless of the date of manufacture, to closely align with the method and definition the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) adopted for vehicles manufactured after September 1, 2010. FMCSA must identify the number of DSPs in order to determine the required location, type, size, and number of emergency exits required under 49 CFR 393.62, which incorporates by reference Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 217 (49 CFR 571.217). The rule would also propose conforming amendments to other related parts, including parts 387, 390, and potentially 383. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 31502(b)    49 U.S.C. 31136(a)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Luke Loy
Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations
Department of Transportation
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-0676
Fax:202 366-8842